Tombstone, AZ to Rodeo, NM (April 5 + 6)
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Nice morning to wake up too. We had a cool night for good sleeping, 60â€™s. Did the tour of Tombstone today. One of the best things we saw was a rose bush/tree. The original root came from Scotland in 1885. It is now the biggest rose bush in the world (spreading over an arbor that covers over 8,000 sq. ft) covered with little white roses. The oldest rose bush is in Germany. We toured the museum of the Bird Cage Theatre with its history of gambling, drinking, best entertainment on stage and entertainment elsewhere in the building too for any of the establishments of old Tombstone. <G> We also toured the cemetery, reading all the details available for the deceased. OK Corral offered up some permanent residents, but not Wyatt Earp, who was buried in Los Angeles years later.
We then drove on to Bisbee. Both of these towns are on the National Historic Registries. We took the underground Queen Mine Tour, riding the coal train into the mine and going to the 800ft level. Some walking in the mine at different locations gave one a bit of an idea of the constrained feeling one can get. We all had lights with us, canâ€™t imagine what it would be like with only two men working together with just candles to light their way. The guide was a former miner and added many details of the day to day experiences of these men. Copper was mined here until the closing of the mine in the 70â€™s.
The old town was built on the side of the mountain (reminded us of Jerome, AZ and San Francisco). Very narrow streets and buildings hugging the steep mountainside. This was not at all what I expected to see. Just as we left town there is also a large copper mine that is a pit. Huge excavation done here.
We found a new RV park just after leaving AZ. It is in the middle of nowhere on SR80 and quite quiet so have been here two nights. Did some of the housekeeping chores that needed to be done and just laid back and took it easy. Dave is rested up and ready for the next batch of miles ahead.
RV Park: Rustys RV Park--4star--very quiet. 200' pullthrough sites. Goldfish pond, duck pond, Clean laundry and a huge tv 72" (?) in the office/lounge.